By H Dudeney
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It was a devastating moment. The little money I had was rapidly dwindling, and I had given no thought to how to make more. The euphoria of irresponsibility cleared like a fog before a gale as I looked down into her trusting face, which radiated absolute conﬁdence in her new husband’s ability to give her the best of all possible worlds. My new scheme was to rent a large Georgian house and, unbeknown to the property company from which we leased it, sublet it before signing any contract. Within two days of placing an advertisement we had three paying guests, a professional lady from Australia and two male bank executives.
You’ll be free in the mornings,’ I said, tactfully declining an invitation to examine her scarab beetles. Only ﬁve days later, in August, 1957, this unusual woman and I stepped out of the brilliant Riviera sunshine and climbed the gloomy stairs to the swing doors of the Casino Municipale. By that time I had realised that Mrs Harper-Biggs was one of those middle-aged, middle-class women who ﬁnd that comparative afﬂuence is no compensation for boredom, a tweedy English lady faced with that most poignant question: Is this the best life has to offer?
When my parents moved to the south coast to take over a New Forest hotel near the Hampshire village of New Milton I went with them and took a job as a clerk with a local ﬁrm of builders’ merchants. Like so many people who have a vague idea they are destined for some special role in life, generally with little justiﬁcation, I was content to drift from day to day in humdrum jobs, waiting for The Sign that would tell me where my life was destined to lead. I met Walter Green one sunny day in his builder’s yard in the village of Ashley.
536 PUZZLES & CURIOUS PROBLEMS by H Dudeney